NordVPN platforms

Platform Speed Stability
Android 221 kbps 95%
Windows 538 kbps 93%

NordVPN protocols

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NordVPN performance

by month | year

Speed

Stability

Number of tests

All Tests

Created At Platform Location Median Speed Stability
2018-09-20 Windows 234.65 100.00%
2018-09-14 Windows 415.07 95.24%
2018-09-13 Mac OS 59.17 97.62%
2018-09-08 Linux 585.30 76.19%
2018-09-07 Windows 1343.03 100.00%
2018-09-06 Windows 214.09 100.00%
2018-09-04 Windows 353.17 100.00%
2018-09-03 Android 260.84 95.24%
2018-09-03 Windows 160.01 95.24%
2018-09-03 Windows 119.08 95.24%
2018-09-01 Windows 436.25 85.71%
2018-08-31 Windows 228.72 83.33%
2018-08-30 Windows 251.97 95.24%
2018-08-30 Windows 0.00 0.00%
2018-08-30 Windows 200.22 95.24%
2018-08-29 Windows 210.00 100.00%
2018-08-28 Windows 2247.23 100.00%
2018-08-27 Windows 180.20 100.00%
2018-08-27 Windows 258.14 95.24%
2018-08-25 Android 226.94 100.00%
2018-08-22 Windows 209.52 100.00%
2018-08-20 Windows 2557.83 100.00%
2018-08-20 Windows 2832.76 100.00%
2018-08-20 Windows 1456.94 100.00%
2018-08-19 iOS 135.53 100.00%
2018-08-17 iOS 111.55 100.00%
2018-08-15 Linux 225.80 100.00%
2018-08-14 Windows 450.76 90.48%
2018-08-11 Windows 593.26 76.19%
2018-08-11 Windows 745.51 100.00%
2018-08-10 Windows 251.24 100.00%
2018-08-07 Windows 246.58 100.00%
2018-08-07 Android 192.30 85.71%
2018-08-07 Android 178.58 85.71%
2018-08-06 Windows 321.65 100.00%
2018-08-06 Windows 1669.37 100.00%
2018-08-06 Windows 137.68 100.00%
2018-08-06 Windows 193.35 97.62%
2018-08-06 Windows 117.01 100.00%
2018-08-05 iOS 262.42 100.00%
2018-08-05 iOS 246.48 100.00%
2018-08-05 iOS 263.32 100.00%
2018-08-05 Windows 248.75 95.24%
2018-08-05 Windows 175.23 95.24%
2018-08-05 Windows 387.38 95.24%
2018-08-05 Windows 451.98 95.24%
2018-08-05 Windows 258.77 95.24%
2018-08-05 Windows 343.88 85.71%
2018-08-04 Windows 267.14 85.71%
2018-08-04 Windows 410.36 85.71%
2018-08-04 Android 236.57 100.00%
2018-08-04 Android 231.97 100.00%
2018-08-04 Android 218.88 100.00%
2018-07-27 Windows 180.97 95.24%
2018-07-27 Windows 361.17 100.00%
2018-07-27 Windows 483.39 97.62%
2018-07-26 Windows 395.64 95.24%
2018-07-23 Windows 140.26 100.00%
2018-07-22 Windows 544.79 90.48%
2018-07-22 Windows 366.71 90.48%
2018-07-19 Windows 282.67 100.00%
2018-07-19 Windows 348.70 100.00%
2018-07-17 Android 409.04 100.00%
2018-07-17 Windows 407.25 100.00%
2018-07-17 Android 408.77 100.00%
2018-07-17 Windows 426.61 97.62%
2018-07-16 Mac OS 527.55 100.00%
2018-07-16 Windows 225.45 97.62%
2018-07-15 Mac OS 139.21 100.00%
2018-07-11 Windows 849.02 100.00%
2018-07-10 Mac OS 508.64 100.00%
2018-07-04 Windows 289.66 100.00%
2018-07-04 Windows 205.72 100.00%
2018-07-04 Windows 257.72 100.00%
2018-06-29 Android 226.03 100.00%
2018-06-23 Windows 307.96 100.00%
2018-06-21 Windows 231.00 100.00%
2018-06-21 Windows 198.60 100.00%
2018-06-11 Android 253.86 100.00%
2018-06-09 Mac OS 818.87 100.00%
2018-06-08 Android 113.46 100.00%
2018-06-08 Android 74.13 100.00%
2018-06-08 Windows 230.71 100.00%
2018-06-07 Linux 126.11 85.71%
2018-06-07 Linux 121.18 85.71%
2018-06-07 Linux 123.64 85.71%
2018-06-07 Linux 74.03 83.33%
2018-06-07 Linux 106.93 85.71%
2018-06-04 Windows 699.48 85.71%
2018-06-03 Android 483.86 100.00%
2018-06-02 Windows 226.60 100.00%
2018-05-26 Windows 706.22 100.00%
2018-05-23 Mac OS 701.60 100.00%
2018-05-22 Windows 375.55 95.24%
2018-05-20 Windows 445.21 100.00%
2018-05-20 Windows 482.28 100.00%
2018-05-20 Windows 486.80 85.71%
2018-05-19 Windows 534.83 100.00%
2018-05-17 Windows 714.12 100.00%
2018-05-15 Windows 805.82 100.00%
2018-05-13 Windows 2656.71 100.00%
2018-05-13 Windows 281.78 100.00%
2018-05-12 Windows 410.19 100.00%
2018-05-12 Windows 487.45 95.24%
2018-05-11 Windows 205.86 100.00%
2018-05-09 Windows 338.31 100.00%
2018-05-07 Windows 350.76 100.00%
2018-05-07 Windows 140.77 100.00%
2018-05-06 Windows 292.79 100.00%
2018-05-05 Mac OS 392.65 100.00%
2018-05-05 Windows 476.97 100.00%
2018-05-04 iOS 450.58 100.00%
2018-04-30 Windows 320.19 100.00%
2018-04-26 Windows 334.49 100.00%
2018-04-21 Android 196.67 100.00%
2018-04-21 Android 230.77 100.00%
2018-04-21 Windows 415.16 100.00%
2018-04-19 Mac OS 417.43 100.00%
2018-04-19 Windows 470.10 100.00%
2018-04-15 Windows 451.80 92.86%
2018-04-15 Windows 693.79 100.00%
2018-04-10 Windows 202.32 100.00%
2018-04-08 Mac OS 558.30 100.00%
2018-04-06 Windows 556.48 100.00%
2018-04-06 Windows 480.19 100.00%
2018-04-06 Mac OS 494.87 100.00%
2018-04-02 Android 182.04 100.00%
2018-04-01 Windows 402.99 100.00%
2018-04-01 Windows 139.06 100.00%
2018-04-01 Windows 70.59 100.00%
2018-04-01 Android 342.60 100.00%
2018-03-29 Mac OS 78.59 100.00%
2018-03-25 Windows 215.50 95.24%
2018-03-24 Windows 9.64 54.76%
2018-03-24 Windows 14.33 61.90%
2018-03-17 Mac OS 498.44 100.00%
2018-03-17 Mac OS 353.75 100.00%
2018-03-17 Windows 312.08 100.00%
2018-03-16 Windows 180.02 95.24%
2018-03-14 Windows 671.05 100.00%
2018-03-10 Windows 594.46 100.00%
2018-03-10 Windows 266.23 100.00%
2018-03-09 Android 431.58 100.00%
2018-03-09 Android 467.93 95.24%
2018-03-09 Android 514.26 95.24%
2018-03-09 Windows 531.99 100.00%
2018-03-08 Windows 1060.41 100.00%
2018-03-08 Windows 257.76 100.00%
2018-03-07 Windows 675.10 100.00%
2018-03-07 Windows 319.53 100.00%
2018-03-04 Windows 153.26 100.00%
2018-03-04 Android 542.33 100.00%
2018-03-03 Windows 633.50 100.00%
2018-03-03 Mac OS 544.51 100.00%
2018-02-28 Windows 257.33 100.00%
2018-02-28 Windows 177.74 100.00%
2018-02-28 Windows 129.65 100.00%
2018-02-26 Windows 446.30 100.00%
2018-02-26 Windows 255.46 100.00%
2018-02-26 Windows 264.35 97.62%
2018-02-26 Windows 544.30 100.00%
2018-02-26 iOS 833.31 100.00%
2018-02-26 Android 246.68 100.00%
2018-02-25 Windows 2187.20 100.00%
2018-02-25 Windows 1729.51 100.00%
2018-02-24 Windows 76.55 80.95%
2018-02-21 Windows 401.08 100.00%
2018-02-17 Windows 290.00 100.00%
2018-02-12 Windows 574.38 95.24%
2018-02-06 Windows 268.30 80.95%
2018-02-03 Windows 286.24 95.24%
2018-01-30 Windows 209.75 90.48%
2018-01-30 Windows 155.37 88.10%
2018-01-30 Windows 502.38 90.48%
2018-01-30 Windows 404.07 90.48%
2018-01-25 Windows 308.13 100.00%
2018-01-24 Mac OS 945.75 100.00%
2018-01-21 Windows 404.84 100.00%
2018-01-18 Windows 469.52 100.00%
2018-01-16 Windows 449.41 100.00%
2018-01-15 Windows 623.72 90.48%
2018-01-15 Windows 727.87 95.24%
2018-01-15 Windows 167.18 97.62%
2018-01-15 Windows 37.30 80.95%
2018-01-15 Windows 412.80 100.00%
2018-01-14 Mac OS 269.59 100.00%
2018-01-14 Mac OS 245.68 100.00%
2018-01-14 Mac OS 332.48 100.00%
2018-01-12 Mac OS 272.35 71.43%
2018-01-11 Windows 736.79 100.00%
2018-01-11 Windows 611.34 100.00%
2018-01-05 Windows 262.21 92.86%
2018-01-03 Windows 237.71 100.00%
2017-12-27 Android 180.15 95.24%
2017-12-26 Windows 660.85 100.00%
2017-12-26 Windows 275.46 100.00%
2017-12-24 Windows 410.48 100.00%
2017-12-21 Windows 245.40 95.24%
2017-12-21 Windows 204.73 97.62%
2017-12-18 Windows 191.20 95.24%
2017-12-18 Windows 144.76 100.00%
2017-12-17 Windows 364.38 100.00%
2017-12-16 Windows 1195.33 42.86%
2017-12-14 Windows 171.79 95.24%
2017-12-04 Windows 228.94 100.00%
2017-12-03 Windows 388.28 90.48%
2017-12-03 Windows 419.54 95.24%
2017-12-03 Windows 609.72 100.00%
2017-12-02 Android 272.56 100.00%
2017-11-28 Mac OS 274.07 100.00%
2017-11-27 Windows 450.67 90.48%
2017-11-26 Windows 45.95 92.86%
2017-11-26 Windows 40.84 92.86%
2017-11-26 Android 750.67 90.48%
2017-11-22 Windows 373.92 90.48%
2017-11-14 Windows 480.55 90.48%
2017-11-13 Windows 721.61 100.00%
2017-11-04 Windows 308.14 90.48%
2017-11-02 Windows 214.53 71.43%
2017-11-02 Mac OS 1191.31 100.00%
2017-11-01 Windows 1703.82 100.00%
2017-10-26 Windows 281.46 90.48%
2017-10-25 Windows 175.52 95.24%
2017-10-23 Android 340.32 100.00%
2017-10-20 Mac OS 308.22 90.48%
2017-10-16 Windows 440.75 100.00%
2017-10-15 Windows 527.58 100.00%
2017-10-12 Windows 282.27 90.48%
2017-10-11 iOS 91.40 90.48%
2017-10-08 Mac OS 316.89 90.48%
2017-09-27 Windows 258.86 90.48%
2017-09-21 Mac OS 1111.36 100.00%
2017-09-15 Windows 146.62 90.48%
2017-09-07 Windows 576.59 100.00%
2017-08-28 Android 466.00 95.24%
2017-08-28 Android 328.60 95.24%
2017-08-28 Android 603.44 95.24%

Discuss NordVPN

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I buy my circumvention service on Circumvention Central?

  • You can download the latest Android client without Google Play.
  • You can download and install the latest Windows client to your computer without circumventing.
  • You can use Alipay to buy any service.
  • Bilingual installation guides.
  • Bilingual customer support.
  • Support all of GreatFire's work including FreeBrowser and FreeWeibo.

How do you measure the speed of a circumvention tool?

The speed test that we have developed aims to reflect the real user experience. While a visitor to the site runs a test, in the background, their browser is downloading resources from the ten most popular websites in the world. According to Alexa, these sites are Google, Facebook, YouTube, Baidu, Amazon, Yahoo, Wikipedia, QQ, Twitter and Microsoft Live. The speed reported is simply the size of the file downloaded divided by the time taken to download it. We also verify whether the downloaded resource is complete. If the contents returned are incorrect or if the download fails to complete within 40 seconds, we mark it as failed. This data is then used to calculate our other main indicator - stability.

Other speed tests typically just measure download and upload speed by sending a couple of requests to the speed test server itself. The reported speed is not reflective of the user experience because normal browsing involves frequently sending lots of requests (not downloading or uploading one big file) to many different servers, not just one.

Why do you measure the stability of a circumvention tool?

Stability is typically not tested by other services at all. A healthy internet connection anywhere is supposed to deliver 100% stability, unless someone pulls the cable during the test. But using a circumvention tool in China is different. At any point, the connection can become unstable and/or go down completely. Individual requests may fail depending on the size of the request, the final destination and how they are proxied. Thus comparing service stability is just as important if not more important than comparing speed.

Can I test any circumvention tool on the site?

You can use our speed and stability tests with any circumvention tool, whether it is listed on our site or not. VPN users from around China will be able to test their tool on the site and those results will be added to our data. This data will be available for all to see.

Can I see the inner workings of your tests?

Tech savvy users can inspect how we conduct our tests by reviewing our javascript code.

Does GreatFire.org make money if I subscribe to a circumvention tool on this site?

One of the objectives in launching CC is to generate revenue for GreatFire.org. At the moment GreatFire relies on the kindness of individuals who send us donations and from a host of grant-making organizations around the world. We want to reduce our reliance on these organizations and set GreatFire.org on a path of self-sustainability. Visitors to the CC site will be able to purchase any paid-for tool that we currently test. GreatFire will act as a reseller of these tools in China and as such we will be given a portion of each sale by the VPN providers themselves. Users need not be based in China to purchase a circumvention service.

How does CC compare to other VPN review websites?

There are a host of websites that provide “VPN reviews” and “VPN ratings”. But anybody who has visited those sites can quickly see that they act as referral and marketing sites for a small subset of VPN providers and that most of those services do not work in China.

Where did you find those VPNs?

We used this great list of VPNs put together by That One Privacy Guy. We took that list and recruited a team of testers across China and tested almost every tool to see what works and what does not. It will come as little surprise to those in China to know that a very small number of these tools actually work in China.

Do we think that the authorities will use our website to crackdown on VPNs that work?

It would be very easy to completely block all VPNs if the authorities wanted to. However, we believe that they have not because of the importance of allowing access for businesses and for others. The goal of CC is simply to make it easier for all to find the circumvention tools that work the best.

Your tests tell me that my favorite tool does not work but it’s working great for me, what gives? Your tests tell me that my favorite tool works but it’s not working for me, what gives?

Test results can vary according to location, the service you are using to connect to the internet and your device. As more people use this site to test their circumvention tools, we will accumulate more data and will be able to develop a clearer idea of what is working and what is not.

How do you measure “stability”?

When you test your tool on our site in the background we download a certain number of images. If these images do not download or take more than 40 seconds to download then we consider this to be a failed test of stability and we calculate a percentage based on the number of images we attempted to download during the test.

Circumvention Central / GreatFire.org VPN Terms of Service:

Dear user, to provide a better experience, before purchasing a VPN service please carefully read through our terms:

  1. All the VPN services are provided by the respective VPN provider and not by Circumvention Central.
  2. If when using the VPN service you cannot connect to the service or find the service to be unstable, there can be several causes:
    1. Problems with your device or software.
    2. Problems originating from the VPN provider itself.
    3. The Great Firewall has temporarily or permanently blocked the VPN service.
    In case of (a), our customer service will try to assist you in resolving the problem. In the case of (b) or (c), we will alert the VPN provider of the problem and assist them in resolving it.
  3. We provide test data that helps you find a VPN provider that works well. However, if the VPN provider that you selected still does not work for you, we cannot provide a refund. Before choosing a VPN provider, please carefully review the performance data, user reviews or register a free trial account first (if available).

By purchasing a VPN service, you agree to these terms.